Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mum and Thep together again in Po Taek

Funnyman Petthai "Mum Jokmok" Wongkumlao teams up with veteran comedian Thep Po-ngam (สุเทพ โพธิ์งาม) in Po Taek (โป๊ะแตก), a satiric mockumentary-style behind-the-scenes look at the Thai film industry.

Watch the trailer, embedded below, and check out Mum coaching his old mentor Thep on how best to act like a lizard.

There's shenanigans on the craft-service line and more wackiness during the traditional prayer ceremony to mark the start of production. You have thick-headed actors who can't take direction and stuntmen raising their amputated limbs to volunteer for a dangerous scene.

Other familiar comedians turn up, including Mum's Ching Roi Ching Lan TV castmates Choosak "Nong Cha Cha Cha" Iamsuk and Theng Terdterng, as well as Note Chern-yim, Kom Chuanchuen, "Tukky" Sudarat Butrprom and Apaporn Nakonsawan.

It's a busy time for Thep, who last year declared bankruptcy and put on a pair star-studded live benefit concerts to put him back on good financial footing.

During the red-shirt political protests there was talk of a boycott of Thep after the bald-headed comic appeared at "multi-color shirts" counter-protest rallies. Box-office results for Po Taek, in cinemas this Thursday, will show whether they were serious.

The Killer Tattoo star also leads the upcoming drama Friday Killers (or is it Friday Killer?), premiering as the closer of the Phuket Film Festival. It's part of the trio of hitman movies directed by Yuthlert Sippapak for Phranakorn.

And he's also supposed to do the documentary The Cult Maker with Yuthlert for Film R Us.

Produced by Workpoint, Baa-Ram-Ewe and Sahamongkolfilm International, Po Taek is covering similar ground to another film from Film R Us, Sam Yan, currently in theaters. That trio of comedy stories has comedian Kohtee Aramboy as a director having behind-the-scenes troubles with his lead actor.

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